Williams’ numbers took a severe hit last year as the Giants played 3 other running backs – Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen and Orleans Darkwa. His most efficient game was in Week 2 when Williams rushed for 43 yards on 6 carries while Week 3 saw him rush for a season-high 14 carries gaining only 29 yards and his lone score of the season.
His catching game didn’t fare much better as he received the ball just once amassing 7 yards in Big Blue’s Week 9 matchup against the Bucs.
Drafted in 2014, Williams signed a 4 year, $2.7 million contract that is halfway completed. He is set to make $713,400 next year and $803,400 the year after with a dead cap of $226,800 and $113,400, respectively.
Tradeable: Given his relatively low usage and productivity, Williams could be released or used as trade bait for a lower draft pick. Despite being a star in college, he has shown a low ceiling in the pros as he’s not a great pass blocker or catcher and has been unable to be effective in short yardage situations.
While it may seem rash to let go of a former Heisman finalist, especially cheaply, the decision would have as much to do with the other available options as the player himself. His numbers last year were simply not good enough and his game didn’t show any marked improvements.
Ben McAdoo may also choose to keep Williams for one more season and see how he fares. This can only be a viable option if the coaches properly invest in Williams and find him more playing time.
At 23, Williams still has plenty of gas left in the tank. The major question is whether he will be expending the fuel at the Meadowlands or somewhere else. As a record breaking back at Boston College and Doak Walker Award winner, Williams has the resume for teams to take a chance on. More important is whether he’ll be afforded the right amount of time to fit in. He needs to be in a run-first team that has a solid offensive line which allows him to follow the holes